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Pendle Witches Brew - Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 93
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the rare find I picked up down in Maryland on a little jaunt down to the Deep Creek Brewing a few weeks back. Appearance on this one pours a really appeasing copper amber hue with a nice caramel of white creamy head leaving behind a full collared lacing. Aromatics contain biscuit malts a pleasant herbal flow a bit of a spiciness something about it is just nice and a tad of a butterscotch tone running through it, overall mild and reserved but the beautiful thing about this beer is the balance. Taste mildy hopped but the silky butterscotch tone blended with a malt sweetness just ties it all together pure session ale very nice authentic British pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mild even carbonation, a silky smooth texture adds to the overall enjoyment level of sipping on this brew. Drinkability: Session brew not amazing but very solid would like to try this one on cask.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Color is a slightly hazy amber color with a finger and a half of white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet bread-like malt, butterscotch, grain, floral hops, and a touch of fruit.

The beer enters the palate with the a flavor similar to sourdough bread along with some fruitiness detected in the aroma. The beer finishes with a touch of diacetyl and a bit of toffee. Definitely a chewy malt pressence in the mouth. Nice session type beer and an accurate EPA.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Not very much head, but some good lacing.

S: A malty aroma with traces of floral hops.

T: This beer had a thick, malty quality, along with a breadiness. Also a bit of sweet hops. A decent taste, but not spectacular.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer. Not the most inspired, but still drinkable.

Photo of jkrich
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with no freshness date: poured a cloudy,somewhat murky, golden and amber hue with minimal head or lacing.

Like most english ales, this one has a spicy, earthy aroma with hints of sour apples much like a wine.

This has a very restrained malty, sour flavor that is refreshing if a little one-dimentional. Based on the strong aroma, I was expecting more complex, subtle flavors. There are some pleasant fruity aromas and a faint bitterness that keeps everything balanced. This could be an old bottle. I believe if this were fresh, it would be excellent.

Light bodied with subtle carbonation, the ale is a little thin on the palate. The fruity flavor coats the tongue and remains refreshing.

This is a very nice quaffer for the hot days of summer. I can not help thinking this does not taste like it was intended.

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good, white head that leaves hardly any lace, good carbonation, cloudy, amber color. Sweet malt nose, starts malty finishes malty but on the thin side?? What going on with the brewer's site (http://www.moorhouses.co.uk/) with "access forbidden"?? Anyway this is a good ale and worth looking for.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerZack
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold color with a thin head that sticks to the glass as it goes down. Yeasty nose with a little musty basement thrown in. A slight bitter yeasty flavor followed by toasted grain - a little biscuit, and some fruit I could not identify. The cask seemed mishandled - a little too warm/ didn't drop bright, but the beer seemed relatively fresh. If it was five degrees cooler I would have bought another one.

Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a pint with aspiring hopes for a good epa

A- a light copper look with a small hazed look. The head of foam is nice with some webbing on the sides. A very refreshing look

S- fresh cut grass with lemony spices are up front. Very buttery tones are present as well with a strong surge of fruit too

T- sweet malt and very bitter tones make up the taste. Some butterscotch is prevelant too. The taste is a little syrupy and it lacks some carbonation to pull the flavor through. It's very dry and bitter though

M- creamy and medium bodied

D- not a bad epa. It lacked some excitement but it was still good

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of flyingpig
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cooper amber, clear body & foamy white head on top that has some beige tinges throughout and stays quite well.

Light & sweet malts to begin with along with some earthy hops and a bit of bread. Light fruits & a bit of sugar too.

Earthy hops, some sweet malts, a little summer fruits taste, some sugar & some spice at the end.

Full bodied and quite creamy with a smooth and slightly sweet feel to it. Light carbonation & a great real ale feel to this one.

A nice real ale style beer in bottled format here, there is a subdued but rather nice smell and taste that has a few subtle fruity flavours coming through & the balance works quite well. The beer also has a great feel to it.

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish medium amber appearance with a speckly head that levels flat but doesn't stick around long. Simple partial string lace, but ample. Nice deep malty aroma, floral honey and distinct ripening nectarine quality. Very fruity flavor, mature and fleshy with some cherry tone to add to the mix. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is minimal. Bittering is restrained, crocus-like flowery, slight mustiness at the close. Finish is a little sweet but this is a pleasant beer, a nice contrast to American Pales. The fruitiness stands out as the most singular characteristic.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 1 finger of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Floral & leafy hops & that's it

T: Floral, lemon & grassy hops & honey malt up front.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & excellent balance

Drinks very easy, I could easily drink 3 or 4 these. This was way better on cask back in the day

Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint bottle (date stamp of L0106 - Greek to me) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright gold-orange colored beer. The beer forms a nice 1/4" thick off-white head, but this dies down to a very thin film across the top with a ring at the edges. Some strands of lacing here and there but they all tended to slide back down the glass. Despite the lack of foam and lacing the color is good to admire in the glass.

Smell: Honey-like and cider smells with some floral hops thrown in, although the skunk-like hops show up a bit more as it warms up but then go away once the beer is fully at room temperature. Some hints of caramel sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Honey-like sweetness up front that moves into a quick skunk-like hop taste, then roasted malt and then a classic English bitter finish. When the beer is first poured and coldest, the honey-like sweetness is more pronounced and the bitterness is quite mild - reminds me more of some ESB at times. But as it warms up to proper temperature it takes on a different taste like I describe. Definitely a beer of British character.

Mouthfeel: Quick and fleeting carbonation on the tongue, coats the mouth and goes down easy. Some lingering sensation on the teeth. Nothing special - pretty typical for an English beer but maybe a little heavier in the carbonation than normal - not that I'm complaining.

Drinkability: This is a beer that really needs to warm up to get its real character, and that character is good for one pint - but I don't think I could have more than one. I actually think it is a bit more drinkable when cold, but more full of character when warm. Still, I think it'd be good pulled from a cask and I wouldn't mind trying it again. Went well with a meal (Mahi Mahi burgers and mixed vegtables) as well.

Photo of zerk
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper with a very thin white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee and caramel. Flavor begins sweet, almosy candy like... toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate... followed by a slightly bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with an oily finish. A pretty good pale ale, although the first few sips can be a bit cloying. The beer becomes much easier to drink once it approaches room temperature.

Photo of Drummermean
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - witch on the bottle reminds me of a homebrew label I made. Pours lighter than expected in the glass, amber with a medium head that leaves good lacing.

Smell: Aroma really draws you in to figure it out. Good amount of hop presence, with some caramel/butterscotch as well.

Taste: Good! Hoppier than I was expecting. Bready, with some caramel as well. Goldings in the finish?

Mouthfeel: A bit of diacetyl slickness, which is to be expected for the style. Good carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: I'd buy this - good beer, good drinkability. Diacetyl is present, but not distracting. Well-hopped, no complaints.

Photo of BlaiseDemon
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color (more gold than orange) with a barely detectable head. Crisp apple-like nose which was unexpected given the name. Excellent balance of hops and malt, bitter-sweet but smooth with a spicy aftertaste that was not unpleasant. Good high carbonation that lasted throughout and very thirst-quenching. I would probably appreciate this one more in the summer but overall very drinkable.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" white head. Hazy light sienna yellow color. It took a while for me to describe the smell but I'd call it a very mild hint of pickle juice sourness. The flavor is not sour, it's a more standard ale with a creamy and smooth texture. There's also a very mild crisp bitter long finish. I'd call this a cut above the average for sure.

Photo of Brent
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local store stocks up on some Halloween theme beers every year, primarily the Wytchwood line. Lately they picked up the Bayhawk/Reaper beers, and now this. I hesitated to buy it - a bit pricey and you never know if you are getting a gimmick beer or the real deal. Here, this is a worthy beer.

Poured a hazy apple cider amber orange. Fizzy head that quickly settled. Not much aroma, which is the primary ding against it. Flavor is very bright, a touch of apple mixed in the malt. A bit acidic, with a mildly tart and clean finish. A soft bitterness hangs at the back of the tongue. Good drinkability - a quaffer.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light copper red with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a slight white lace on the beer.

The smell was a sweet malt mixed with caramel and light floral overtones, hidden in the back of the nose was an ever so slight bit of hop spice.

The drink started with a fruity/sweet flavor. Strong in apricots and apples with an almost honey sweetness. The middle was more of the same only slightly weaker. The finish was more watery with a strange grainy attribute.

All and all a damn fine beer that is well worth a try.

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Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley) Ltd
82 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.